Peer pressure in schools is one of the reasons why students engage in deplorable behaviour. What happened at Providence Girls Secondary School is a classic example of peer pressure.
What the school did to act swiftly and suspend the 34 students would serve as a warning to remaining students who might have been tempted to do the same.
We cannot even begin to highlight the evils of underage drinking. Not only is it prohibited by law but it has negative impact on the health, moral and education aspects of the students.
Students are sent to school to gain knowledge that will groom and prepare them to become future leaders. Morality and character building is an integral part of that learning process.
So if students think that schools are places where they can misbehave and practise mischief and get away with it, they must think again.
Teachers are as good as parents. The same strict house rules which are applied at home should be expected at school and even tougher.
This is why we applaud the tough disciplinary action taken by the school to immediately suspend the students.
Administration should go a step further to identify those who sold the students the alcoholic drinks as they also are at fault because the law prohibits the selling of alcohol to children under the age of 18.